Dean Cain and son Christopher
08/10/2014 AT 08:00 PM EDT
For most parents, their kids' teenage years signal the end of goodbye kisses and cuddles and the dawn of slammed doors and one-word answers.
That's not the case for Dean Cain.
The actor and single dad says he's confident his bond with his 14-year-old son Christopher isn't going anywhere.
"He's going to have to fight to stop me from kissing him," Cain says, tousling his son's hair during an interview in Beverly Hills.
"He's my favorite person on the whole planet."
With a look that says "Don't embarrass me, Dad," the gangly teen fixes his coif and offers a two-word answer: "Yeah, same."
If the pair seem close, it should come as no surprise.
Cain, 48, has been raising his son solo since 2011, following a nasty custody battle with his ex-girlfriend, former model Samantha Torres.
"It was really tough," says the actor, best known for his role as Superman on the '90s hit Lois & Clark and now on VH1's basketball drama Hit the Floor.
"Ultimately, we just disagreed on the best way to raise Christopher."